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A Little Fatigue . . . Having Faith

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I am sustaining my cheerful mood and feeling grateful for the excellent treatment I'm getting (reducing my statistical chance of recurrence from about 25% to maybe 2-3%) but: the cumulative effect of the series of treatments is making me somewhat fatigued, just as I was told to expect. And: some redness/skin reaction, also as I was told to expect. Which will culminate about 2 weeks after the last treatment (there are 6 to go).

So I'm not feeling able to get to the gym for my usual vigorous workouts every day, will have to take it easier, do what I can, keep on the programme from a nutrition-tracking perspective (not too hard, since appetite is also quite a bit reduced) and just have faith that I WILL do what exercise I can and get back into the full exercise routine (as I always have) when it's possible to do so.

This isn't a race, there is no deadline, I'm only 3 pounds from goal: and it will happen.

  
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DSHONEYC 6/30/2009 2:52PM

    Hi there, too busy to blog? The more I get to know you the more I think we are kindred spirits in many ways.
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DSHONEYC 6/29/2009 1:00PM

    Hello again, thanks for the message on my last blog. I look forward to hearing from you. Hope you didn't overdo with the gardening! I know I put in several hours Saturday, and needed a nap (which I didn't get) afterwards. Being tired is the worst thing in the world compared to the others I see when I go into treatment every morning. I can tell (plus they told me) that they have had chemo, too, and that is scary. Putting the "poison" into your body knowing it will make you sick and lose your hair and perhaps burn your insides....we have got it easy I think, huh? The end is in site and the garden will be there for us......

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WACHSC 6/27/2009 6:13PM

    I am sure that you are feeling worn out from the treatments. After all you are fighting a battle and that takes a lot of energy. Don't worry so much about how much you work out when you are feeling fatigued. Number 1 priority is to allow your body to heal. You have such a wonderful outlook.
Thanks, by the way for the comment on my blog. Always nice to get a little encouragement. Know that my prayers are with you. May God grant you a full recovery!
In Him,
Cindy
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DARLENA3 6/26/2009 11:08PM

    You know my thoughts are with you. You must rest rest and take care of you. You will get to your goal when it is the right time. Healthy and happier!!

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DSHONEYC 6/25/2009 11:36PM

    Hi there, thanks for the nice comments on my blog of Wednesday I think. Yes, after 11 radiation treaments (25 to go!) I am starting to feel tired, as the they advised. Hits me in the afternoon. Today I worked a long day, but tomorrow I am leaving a little early as I have a dinner dance to go to. No redness to speak of, but I am faithfully using aloe vera 3-4 times a day. Finally got my time set for 8:45 am every morning from now on (unless I need to reschedule). Its not so bad geting it done first thing in the morning and less disruptive to my schedule.

I like the people at the clinic, they are very nice and its pretty easy to keep a cheerful face. There are so many other people there with worse burdens to bear.
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emoticon on only 6 more treatments and 4 pounds to your goal! I am so impressed!

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JOPAPGH 6/25/2009 10:01PM

    Keep your head down and just focus on what you need to. You have the positive attitude to succeed. You are blessed to have a supportive family around you.

Looking forward to maintaining with you some time in the future. I'm here if you need me.

All the best,

John

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MRSWIGGLY6 6/25/2009 9:48PM

    You know you are such a fighter. Yes you will make it to goal as you have so much strength inside of you even though your body doesn't right now. Once you do I will be shouting on the roof tops with you girl. emoticon

This is no race and your correct about that. This is a lifestyle change for all of us. The only race I might be doing is racing towards the bathroom from all the water. emoticon

Thanks for being you!

Marilyn

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Shopping in My Closet

Saturday, June 20, 2009

OK, the scales aren't moving just now -- only tantalizing me by wavering a pound or two lower, pausing provokingly, and then settling back on the 158.5. (This is, of course, a more reassuring portent of better things to come than the reverse -- i.e. hovering higher with the old 6 in the middle: so I'm not complaining).

And while I'm waiting, what could be more fun on a rainy Saturday than shopping in my closet, trying on clothes I haven't been able to wear for awhile, deciding whether I can wear them now -- or maybe in 3.5 pounds when I reach goal weight -- or maybe not until I take it down a bit lower than that even.

Things that I can wear immediately: a sleek black suit (jacket, skirt, pants, not at the same time however) - all size 8. A scalloped-hem black skirt. A Mexx black skirt (seems to be a theme developing here). A bright red cotton shawl collar blouse. A blue linen skirt suit. Some Hawaiin print capris --for the golf course. And a pair of pale green golf pants. Pretty soon: a sweetheart neckline cream suit with pearl buttons. A blue gingham summer shirt. And a bright flowered cotton summer dress, very fitted through the bodice with a full skirt, deep side pockets. All of this determined in the context of thinking about which scarf, shoes, bag etc. I'd put with each of the outfits . . .

Two nice things about shopping in my closet: first of all, absolutely free, and even better than free because -- I already paid for this stuff. And second: when I paid for it, I'd chosen it because I liked it. Still do!

All of this if of course totally frivolous and girly stuff. And it's ridiculous how much fun it is! emoticon

  
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IMAGINE_IT 6/24/2009 10:17AM

    Sounds as if you have a great selection in your closet...i think it is a good idea to look through your closet first before one runs out and buys all type of clothes when losing weight..because you just never know what treasures one can find right at home...as for me..look what i found in my closet: emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THATCARRIEGIRL 6/21/2009 9:40PM

    I went shopping in my closet TWICE this weekend! There are still a lot of things that don't fit but there were so many things that did - and it is so wonderful when that zipper slides all the way up without me having to contort my body in unimagineable positions.

You were right - it IS fun!

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JOPAPGH 6/21/2009 5:24PM

    I have 8 - 10 pair of pants that I bought when I last lost the weight, but did not have time to have hemmed before I started the quick slide back to chubby.

I have them out and ready to go to the tailor.

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Moving on Down!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It was a thrill to see a "5" as the middle number on the scales today! Just 3.5 pounds to go to goal weight, but I know it may take 3 or more weeks to get there: the weight comes off much more slowly at this point. However, wearing a size six (six!!: vanity six, but still a six!!) skirt yesterday was also very encouraging -- and it wasn't tight, wasn't uncomfortable. So the inches are coooperating too. It may be that when I get to goal weight I decide that it wouldn't hurt to peel back a few more: lean body mass is best to discourage recurrence.

Treatment schedule continues -- I've now completed 4 out of 16 -- and although a bit fatigued, so far nothing that can't be handled.

All in all: feeling good and enjoying the great people I've met through SparkPeople. Thanks, all.

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DARLENA3 6/17/2009 11:51AM

    You are such an inspiration. I know the feeling of getting off those last few pounds. They seem to be super glued on, but they must go. I know we are willing to work through this barrier. emoticon

And YES, 50 somethings CAN still where bikinis. That is my goal!! Hey, maybe we should get our belly buttons peirced too! You go first.

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JOPAPGH 6/16/2009 6:23PM

    Glad to hear treatment is going well and great news on your progress!

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Feeling good and grateful

Thursday, June 11, 2009

This has been a red letter day! Completed month one yesterday: I'm down a further three pounds -- five to go to goal weight. It is doable and -- with a lot of support -- I seem to be doing it. Much more fun rooting in my closet with clothes fitting more comfortably for sure.

Plus -- most appreciative of the kind folks at my hospital who made my day one of radiation absolutely as pleasant an experience as it could possibly be. And increased my optimism that the whole course of treatment lying ahead is also doable.

An attitude of gratitude sounds very cheesy but: that's how I'm feeling today.

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DUCKEY1466 6/14/2009 9:04AM

    I do love your attitude! Your an inspriration.. emoticon

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DARLENA3 6/11/2009 9:58PM

    I like "an attitude of gratitude"! Not cheesy at all. We should have that more often.

Take care of yourself, my friend. Keeping you in my thoughts.

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Getting close to a month

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

I'm almost at the one month point -- and am finding this approach to tracking food and exercise very helpful. More than half way to my goal weight: it's slow but steady -- and feeling confident that I will get there.

  
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MARTANYDIATORRE 7/12/2009 2:23AM

    I am a slow learner so it took me three months and a half to start tracking the food.
The fitness was easier as soon as I started doing them I began tracking .The food just couldn't find how to do it.

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DARLENA3 6/11/2009 9:55PM

    emoticon job!! It is the best feeling to accomplish weight loss goals. We always knew the answer as to how but this is the best method. You rock! Keep up the tracking and exercise and we will reach the finish line!!

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IMAGINE_IT 6/11/2009 5:15PM

    Tracking my food..and for me Fat....Sodium and Carbs has been very helpful for me...if not the Key to finally dropping some weight!! Of course finally getting my Behind in Gear,.....has helped also...lol....you are on the right Track!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MCLYMORE 6/9/2009 11:43PM

    Good for you, I too will be approaching my 1 month anniversary with SparkPeople. It has been a wonderful journey so far with awesome people like you. Keep up the good work, you will be crossing that finish line soon.

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JOPAPGH 6/9/2009 11:05PM

    emoticon Slow and steady does win this race! emoticon

Happy emoticon!

Just keep writing it all down and I'll do the same.

John


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CANDYXPERT 6/9/2009 10:24PM

    Well done! emoticon

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